Six B1G players highlight Todd McShay's first mock draft
Todd McShay didn’t let Joey Bosa’s lack of sacks deter him from tabbing him as the consensus top overall draft pick. With him being double-teamed — and even triple teamed — as much as he was, it wasn’t surprising to see that number take a significant hit in 2015.
But that, McShay said, is not reflective of any lost ability to rush the passer and blow up plays in the backfield.
Bosa led the way for the four Buckeyes that cracked McShay’s first mock draft, which featured a total of six B1G players. It’s worth noting that Decker is the only senior of the bunch while the rest are all still underclassmen that have yet to officially declare for the draft.
Given where McShay has them slotted, it’d be surprising to see them not put their name in by the Jan. 18 deadline date to declare.
Here’s where B1G players were tabbed in the first of many McShay mock drafts:
1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State DE — Even with the Titans’ apparent needs on offense, it would be hard for them to pass on the best player in the draft. Bosa is scheme-versatile, with experience playing defensive end on both sides and moving inside to defensive tackle on obvious passing downs. And with 51.0 tackles for loss in 40 career games, he has the production you look for in a top pick.
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13. Jack Conklin, Michigan State OT — I’m not sure whether Conklin will go pro after this season. He could use another season to continue to improve his hands and technique in pass protection. But if he leaves, he has the potential to develop into a starting offensive tackle in the NFL, so there’s a strong chance he’d be a first-round pick. The Bucs need to protect their investment in Jameis Winston, and with a massive frame (6-6, 325 pounds), Conklin shows good mobility for his size.
16. Michael Thomas, Ohio State WR — Thomas lacks elite speed as a vertical receiver, but he is a very good route runner. He knows how to use his 6-3, 210-pound frame when the ball is in the air, displaying outstanding overall ball skills (17 TDs over the past two seasons). Thomas has enough burst to turn a short pass into a long gain.
18. Taylor Decker, Ohio State OL — There’s a clear top tier of offensive tackles this year (Tunsil, Stanley, Conklin and Decker) and then a big drop-off after that, so I don’t expect the fourth guy to last too long. At 6-7, 320 pounds, Decker has long arms and above-average feet for his size. NFL teams should like his toughness, while his inconsistent pad level and hand placement continue to be areas for improvement.
23. Darron Lee, Ohio State OLB — Lee could benefit from returning to school and gaining more experience playing inside, but if he comes out early, he will probably be a first-round pick. A former high school quarterback, Lee has outstanding natural athleticism and speed for his size (6-2, 235 pounds). And he has the production to back it up — 25.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three INTs and two forced fumbles the past two seasons.
26. Maliek Collins, Nebraska DT — Collins is still developing as a player, but he’s a hard worker with great feet/hand quickness for his size (6-2, 300 pounds). While his production is down from a year ago (6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks), the whole team struggled under a new coaching staff. His explosive first step still showed up on tape. Collins would really thrive in Seattle.